Upgrade the old or purchase the new?
Owners of aging PC systems have a difficult decision to make, either they part with their old computer and purchase a new PC or they upgrade the old-timer step by step. However, at this point we want to make one thing clear: anyone who expects maximum performance and wants to use the system for modern 3D games or other performance-hungry applications, such as
CPU Upgrade: voltage converter for Socket 5
Up to the end of 1995, mainboards with Socket 5 were used in most PC systems. An AMD K6-2 or AMD K6-III cannot be directly installed in such computers. The reason for this is that there is only a simple voltage converter on the motherboard, which does not support any split voltages required for the new AMD processors. Generally speaking, the voltage converter on old boards only makes a voltage of 3.3 volts or 3.5 volts available. All fast AMD processors in the K6-2 series (and K6-III series) must have a core voltage of 2.2 volts max. and an I/O voltage of 3.3 volts. In order to use the AMD processors in the Socket 5 motherboards, an upgrade socket has to be used with an integrated voltage converter.
Once the old processor has been removed, the upgrade socket (with voltage converter) can be inserted into Socket 5.
Afterwards, the AMD K6-2 is plugged into the upgrade socket. Watch out: the upgrade socket has no lever arrest!